The Social Practice of Human Rights

  • Editors
  • Joel R. Pruce

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. The Practice Turn in Human Rights Research

  3. Constructive Critique

  4. Grassroots Sites of Practice

  5. Institutional Sites of Practice

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-235

About this book


The Social Practice of Human Rights bridges the conventional scholar-practitioner divide by focusing on the space in between. The volume brings together cutting-edge chapters that together set a new agenda for research, grounded in the practice of critical self-reflection on the strategies that drive communities dedicated to the advocacy and implementation of human rights. The social practice of human rights takes place not in front of a judge, but in the streets and alleys, in the backrooms and out-of-the-way places where change occurs. Contributors to this volume investigate the contexts and efforts of activists and professionals devoted to promoting human rights norms. This research takes as its subject the organizations and movements that shoulder the burden of improving respect for human dignity. It argues that through a constructive critique of these patterns and practices, scholarship can have a positive impact on the political world.


Human rights advocacy transnational politics social movements grassroots institutions social practice practitioner non-governmental organizations NGOs gender government human rights Institution Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) politics

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